Staff at Specsavers in Gravesend recently welcomed a group of children from Belarus into the store for an eye health check.

Friends of Chernobyl's Children

The seven youngsters received free eye tests during their visit and some children were provided with a pair of glasses. The trip was part of a series of visits aimed at improving the health of youngsters from Belarus, organised by the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

The charity brings children to England each year in a bid to help them overcome some of the terrible after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require back home.

Friends of Chernobyl Children raises money to provide family placements for children from the Mogilev region for at least one month every year, and to meet the full costs of these visits, which include optical, dental and health checks.

Sight tests and glasses provided for free

Dominic Candon, store director said: ‘The health of these children has been compromised by the Chernobyl disaster, which took place years before they were even born. It’s important to provide them with healthcare that they may not have access to in Belarus.

'We gave each child an eye examination and free specs if they needed them. Having corrective glasses can make an enormous difference to their quality of life and helps improve their education chances - simply because they can read and see everything around them.’

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